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Centro Machiavelli - Italian language school

Description: The Italian language school Centro Machiavelli is located in the historic centre of Florence, Italy in the district of Santo Spirito, home to artisans and artists, where, being just off the beaten tourist track, the economic and social characteristics of the area have been left intact. The school is in Piazza Santo Spirito itself, one of the finest squares of the city. With its bars and out-door cafés, its daily market, workshops and restaurants, it is a favourite haunt of Florentines. The centre was founded in 1978 and has been open ever since, making it one of the oldest schools in Florence, Italy teaching Italian language and culture. Group numbers are small and learning is therefore interactive and quick. Teachers are able to take into consideration the needs of each individual student and exchanges between the students are made easier and more meaningful. Students come from all over the world a fact which promotes communication in Italian and which compels teachers to be more creative. Furthermore, as communication is the basis for the method of teaching, emphasis is placed on oral expression and the use of other languages is kept to a minimum. Constant attention to the evolution of the needs of the students leads to continually adapt, renew and improve the courses and services. A wide range of courses other than language courses is offered, such as fine art and arts and crafts courses in artist studios and artisan workshops, jewellery courses for both crafting and design, music and singing courses for opera lovers and for singers, cooking courses for professionals and amateurs alike, as well as a host of activities some cultural and some just pure entertainment. All courses and activities are done in Italian and are therefore also a stimulating occasion to practise communication skills.